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J.J. Abrams shows off new X-wing in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' video

J.J. Abrams offers a peek at an updated X-wing starfighter in a video from the set of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

It looks as though the Millennium Falcon will have some company in the "Star Wars: Episode VII" hangar.

In a new video from the London set of the space-opera sequel (you can watch above), director J.J. Abrams provides a glimpse of a weathered X-wing starfighter, the single-seat spacecraft famously piloted by Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' original "Star Wars" films.

If Abrams' take on the X-wing looks a bit different, that's because it's actually a new version of the craft created for the film, according to the official "Star Wars" Twitter account.

Incorporating elements of the existing "Star Wars" films while updating the mythology seems to be Abrams' MO for "Episode VII," which is set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" and features a cast of familiar faces (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill) and franchise newcomers (John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac).

Abrams' video, released Monday, arrives as part of the Star Wars: Force for Change charity effort, which is raising funds and awareness for UNICEF's Innovation Labs and its programs benefiting children in need.

Individuals who donate at least $10 to the effort have the chance to win a trip to London to visit the "Episode VII" set and appear in a cameo role in the film.

With one week left in the fundraiser, Abrams has announced another prize: an advance private screening of "Episode VII" in the hometown of the winner, who gets to invite 20 friends.

Disney and Lucasfilm are scheduled to release "Star Wars: Episode VII" on Dec. 18, 2015.

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